Filing the FAFSA® doesn’t have to suck.
Surprised? Don’t be!
With Frank, you can finish your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) in minutes and your financial aid will be on its way.
However, it won’t be that easy if you aren’t prepared.
Here’s our official FAFSA® checklist for students and parents.
Once you’ve got all the items on this list at the ready, you can breeze through the application in no time.
Before you start your FAFSA®, be sure to grab…
1. Your Social Security number
You’ll need your nine-digit Social Security number (SSN) to file your FAFSA®. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, have your alien registration card (ARC) at the ready.
2. Tax forms
You’ll need either the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or W2 form ready to go. The FAFSA® requires your tax returns from 2 years prior to the start of the academic year; for example, if you’re filing the 2018-2019 FAFSA®, you’ll use your 2016 tax returns.
3. Your list of colleges
4. Your financial information
If you have any of the following, compile proof and be prepared to show it.
- Taxable work study
- Assistantships and fellowships
- Grants and scholarship aid
- Combat pay or special combat pay
- Cooperative education program earnings
5. Non-taxable income information
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, grab any documents you may have about ’em.
- Records and documentation of welfare benefits
- Social Security income
- Veteran benefits
- Military or clergy allowances
- Child support received
- Veteran non-education benefits
- Records of investments (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.)
6. And if you’re a guy, any selective service documents
If you are male and between the ages of 18 and 25, you must be registered with Selective Service (the draft) in order to qualify for federal aid, among other general life things. If you have not registered before filing your FAFSA®, we can help.
After getting everything on this FAFSA® checklist, Frank can help you cross the finish line.
Not sure if you need our help? Check out this infographic to help you decide: